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ASID 2017 Commercial Award

January 18, 2018 by
Photography by Kipp Abresch & Paula Guerrero

The Nebraska/Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers recently announced the winners of their annual design contest. Jessica Lindersmith of US Properties won Gold for this space, designed for The Tap Room at The Boiler Brewing Co. in Lincoln.

To reach this area, a person must descend a hidden staircase. A five-panel oak door then leads into the brewery of this 100-year-old building. Significant effort was made to retain and highlight all original elements, each with a story of its own. Original doors and marble were reused, and the boiler doors were hung on the wall. The wood panels of the custom bar mimic the original design of the building. Spotlights focus on the stainless steel tanks behind the bar and the tap tower with its handmade, unique taps. Furnishings were arranged to create a variety of conversational areas, including booths, moveable tables and chairs, and a raised lounge area.

Visit ne-ia.asid.org for more information.

This article appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of B2B.

Colorado Modern

January 22, 2017 by
Photography by Tom Kessler, Kessler Photography

How do two people, each with an appreciation for very different tastes in design, come together to build their perfect dream home?

When our client came to us, the husband leaned more towards a contemporary, midcentury modern look, while the wife loved a Colorado-inspired design. We knew the challenge of marrying these two concepts would be great. But the final product would be even greater.

Lisa Cooper, Allied ASID, and Kris Patton, ASID, feel there is no higher compliment than to obtain new clients by referral from a previous client’s friends and family. This new home construction project was no exception. In order to realize the clients’ multipart vision, we teamed with Marshall Wallman, vice president of design at Curt Hofer & Associates, and his team to create this dream home.

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Our clients enjoy the topography and ambience of Colorado and the architecture of that region. They also like things a bit more contemporary, so we tried to meld together a vintage Colorado midcentury modern look for their new home. While the home itself was meticulously planned to achieve this design, the lot the family selected was just as important. A space with abundant trees would set the perfect tone for a woodsy, private residence.

The home’s curb appeal sets the tone for the design elements that wait inside. The entrance—with its vast windows and incredible sightline from the workspace all the way to the dining room—makes a strong introductory statement.

Main and lower levels of the home feature similarly strong design conceptualization in the fireplaces. They aren’t located on exterior walls, as fireplaces typically are; rather, the hearths are positioned in the centers of the rooms (to be more architecturally integrated into the spaces). Carefully placed windows allow for ample natural light to pierce the space. Not having a fireplace in a traditional placement, flanked by windows, adds interest.

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Powder rooms on each level also provide an opportunity to get creative, and they incorporate high-end elements such as a stainless steel vessel sink, which perforates a quartzite countertop, and walls tiled in a 3D relief.

A color palette of natural tones with blackened steel blue, fern green, aged ore, slate gray, and metallic burnt merlot creates an ambience that possesses an elusive balance between vintage and modern appeal. We relied upon myriad materials to achieve the design our clients desired. Natural stone, used in both the exterior and interior of the home, gives a rugged, earthy feel. A mix of concrete, weathered and reclaimed woods, organic natural stone surfaces, and quartz work symbiotically. Wood ceiling details, a kitchen backsplash fashioned of fern gray subway tiles with a vintage pattern, and handcrafted wall coverings all add to the unique flavor of this home.

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Perhaps one of the most striking elements of the home’s design scheme is the incredible use of light fixtures as art pieces. In an effort to avoid a predictable sea of sameness, we used a multitude of finishes from bronze to antique brass, to polished nickel, creating an acquired look in which each piece can be outstanding.

People oftentimes look at lighting as functional, and they forget that light fixtures can be beautiful, artistic pieces in the home. For this project, we used sconces in the hall to transform industrial design into artful sophistication. The dining room fixture is a chandelier crafted of Cupertino wrought-iron branches, each supporting a delicate chain adorned with a single crystal bead. The entry pendants are made of distressed mercury glass, dressed in antique brass chainmail. And the nursery fixture is feminine and fresh, suggesting a vintage flower design with its glass petals and chrome detailing.

The challenge of melding our clients’ appreciation of contrasting aesthetics of design proved to be a thought-provoking opportunity to create a true standout of a project… and their enthusiasm encouraged our efforts. They seemed to truly enjoy the process, expressing energetic and positive feedback on every aspect of their new home construction. The end result was a dream home with a cohesive design and a unique look…and two very happy homeowners.

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This article was printed in the January/February 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine.

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MEET THE DESIGNERS

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Lisa Cooper

The interior design industry is fast-moving, challenging, and multifaceted.  I love that I have the opportunity to be creative and technical, all in a day’s work. Our clients are amazing people, and the projects that I’ve had the chance to work on have been extraordinary.

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Kris Patton

Design is my passion, and to have the opportunity to receive an education and the experience it takes to gain knowledge and expertise in this industry is such a privilege. I have amazing clients and have had the chance to work on incredible projects.  I wouldn’t trade this career for the world!

 

Gold Standard

October 15, 2016 by

The Nebraska/Iowa chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ mission is to communicate the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience as it relates to designed spaces. With that in mind, every year ASID hosts an event called “impactFULL” where ASID interior design members are given the opportunity to submit their best projects of the year.

A panel of judges carefully assesses each project and considers how effectively the interior designer accomplished the goals in categories such as aesthetics, functionality, space planning, and sustainability.

Interior designers are awarded gold, silver, or bronze designations in both residential and commercial categories.

— Courtney Otte, communications director of the Nebraska-Iowa chapter of ASID

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impactFULL Winner
Stacie Muhle, Allied ASID | Artistico
Thomas Grady Photography

Bespoken finishes infuse rustic charm into the modern basement, forming the perfect union of domestic utility and alluring elegance. A presentation of sentimental objects stands in harmonious contrast with time-worn salvaged materials and the interplay of light and shadow.

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Gwen Ahrens, ASID | Interior Design Firm
Photography by Gwen Ahrens

A remodeled open main floor is now connected to the backyard through the kitchen and a convertible sun room. Adequate circulation space and custom finishes allow daily functions and entertaining to be performed with ease. Most importantly, a master bedroom addition gives the homeowners the ability to age in place.

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Jerome Bergmeier, Allied ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

Inspired by their travels to the Palm Springs area, a love of the artist Shag, and a desire to simply have a house that would make the homeowner happy when she walked inside, this major renovation achieved a clean, fresh, midcentury modern look and emulated the feeling that a Shag painting evokes—a Palm Springs ambience.

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Jenny Colson, Allied ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

A collection of warm tones was selected for the upholstery fabrics and carpet, while the wall color and accent colors trend toward cool and contemporary. A mixture of putty, stone, charcoal, thundercloud, seal gray, slate, and citron perfectly answers the challenge.

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Marian Holden, ASID | Designer’s Touch
Photography by Amoura Productions

This design reflects the homeowner’s clean, classic, taste with a contemporary twist. Soft, gray neutral tones were used to contrast with the dark, rich wood floors. Deeper color was strategically placed to accentuate architecture. Bright white cabinets and trim create a crisp contrast, and natural stone finishes add texture.

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Lisa McCoid, ASID | Alexis Trout, Allied ASID | D3 Interiors
Photography by Amoura Productions

This design brings in bursts of color through the furniture, artwork, accessories, and the use of textured wall coverings. The bright red sofas and lime green accents provide a major focal point. Contrasting darker gray trim and doors added a clean, crisp look; using taupe and gray for the main walls brings in warmth.

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Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID | Michele Hybner, Allied ASID | Falcone Hybner Design
Photography by Amoura Productions

This new construction home features edgy curb appeal. Some of the design features include rustic wood ceiling beams, original cable railing design, rift oak cabinetry, large scale concrete gray porcelain floor tile, and open shelving on a reclaimed Old Chicago style brick wall.

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Julie Odermatt, ASID | Alexis Trout, Allied ASID | Rachel Costello, Allied ASID | D3 Interiors
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

The Street of Dreams design needed to appeal to a wide audience. The design features a mix of light and dark tones. Highlights include a large island with a waterfall edge, a linear fireplace surrounded by oversized tile, and a linear floor drain in the master shower. Great design gave continuity to the space.

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Kristine Patton, ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by  Tom Kessler Photography

The project mandated attention to detail, requiring a renovation that would incorporate modern amenities while still involving every architectural and design detail from yesteryear. A thoughtful use of appropriate hardware, leaded glass, and glazing keeps the historic look alive and allows the addition to blend seamlessly with the rest of the home.

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Beth Settles, Allied ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography courtesy of Virgin Islands Property and 
Yacht Magazine

The goal was to create a Balinese-styled high end vacation home. The design incorporates colors and fabrics that evoke a resort feel. An oceanic color palette, access to the pool and the ocean, and seamless outdoor eating and lounging areas create a tropical paradise.

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Alexis Trout, Allied ASID | D3 Interiors
Photography by Amoura Productions

This kitchen design achieves a modern clean look without becoming stark and cold. The white perimeter cabinets brighten the space while the dark gray island becomes the focal point in the center of the room. A glass tile backsplash, colorful art, accessories, and textures were added to keep the space fun and vibrant.

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Colby Washburn, ASID | Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

The design of this new construction home incorporated a multitude of stain and paint finishes, as well as combinations of textures, patterns, and colors to create an environment that would appear acquired and approachable. Intricate detailing in every space was incorporated to achieve a high-end custom home style.

Omaha Magazine also wishes to congratulate the following ASID winners:

Silver:

Stacie Muhle, Allied ASID | Artistico

Lisa McCoid, ASID | Julie Odermatt, ASID | Rachel Costello, Allied ASID | Alexis Trout, Allied ASID | D3 Interiors

Marilyn S. Hansen, FASID | The Designers

Marian Holden, ASID | Designer’s Touch, Inc.

Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID | Michele Hybner, Allied ASID | Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.

Sallie Elliott, Allied ASID | Inspired Interiors

Deb Munro, ASID | Pam Stanek, ASID | Liz Lempka, Allied ASID | The Interior Design Firm

Joan Sorensen Ronan, ASID | Jerome Bergmeier, Allied ASID | Diane Gernstein, Allied ASID | Kristine Patton, Allied ASID | Interiors Joan and Associates

Bronze:

Marian Holden, ASID | Designer’s Touch, Inc.

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Clean, Classic Design with a Contemporary Twist

August 26, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The style of this newly constructed home reflects the clean, classic taste of the homeowners with a contemporary twist. The homeowners’ main issue was a strong preference for neutral colors. Whenever they previously tried to inject color into their décor, they quickly grew tired of it.

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I chose to embrace their love of neutrals and add interest with contrast and texture. For example, I chose a soft gray on the walls, but a dark, rich, wide-plank floor to add warmth. The fireplace remains neutral in color but adds interest with its stacked and staggered rough stone pattern. The light stone next to the dark floating wood shelves adds crispness to the space.

Color was strategically placed in the intricate great room’s ceiling to accentuate the architecture. The same deep blue-gray color was added to the dropped ceiling above the pendant lights in the kitchen.  The kitchen is spacious enough to house a 10-foot island. To add a splash of contemporary design to a classic white kitchen, the cooktop tile was laid vertically in a herringbone pattern.

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The same concept was used on the exterior: crisp white and gray stacked stone, bright white trim, and a smoky gray vertical siding.

All the design elements came together using timeless, classic neutrals, and a few splashes of soft cool colors. The homeowners couldn’t be happier with their new home! OmahaHome

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ASID Project Awards 2015

March 3, 2016 by
Photography by Contributed by ASID photography by Thomas Grady, Tom Kessler, and Mark Kresl

Environments, spaces, rooms…doesn’t matter how you refer to them…the vibe of your business can have a profound impact on the bottom line. Professional designers are an integral partner when it comes to conceptualizing, coordinating, and executing a vision on how your brand will be perceived.

The ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Nebraska/Iowa Chapter Designers’ Project Awards 2015 showcase the very best in commercial property work.

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Design Impact Award Winner
Kris Patton, ASID, and Jerome Bergmeier, Allied ASID Interiors Joan and Associates
Legacy Eyecare
Category: Healthcare
Photography by Tom Kessler
interiorsbyjoan.com

This showroom and patient area was designed to enhance the customer experience, giving clients an open, comfortable, yet very functional healthcare space. Custom-designed shelving was incorporated to highlight the various lines of high-end frames carried here. This new office space was designed not only to accommodate the patients’ needs, but also those of the optician’s growing business. Areas for enhanced technology use, marketing activity, and
staff comfort were all carefully considered
and executed.

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Lisa McCoid, ASID, and Alexis Trout, Allied ASID
D3 Interiors
Tuscany Apartments Clubhouse
Category: Hospitality
Photography by Tom Kessler
d3interiors.net

To give this clubhouse the feeling of an upscale hotel lobby, clean, crisp lines were integrated into the space with the use of a herringbone, wood-look tile on the floor that draws you into the main gathering and entertaining space. Those clean lines are continued throughout the space with the use of solid fabrics applied to the furniture along with patterned accent pieces that bring character into the space.

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Julie Odermatt, ASID
D3 Interiors
Smile Station Pediatric Dentistry
Category: Healthcare
Photography by Tom Kessler
d3interiors.net

The ultimate goal for this pediatric dental office was to keep the atmosphere fun and welcoming for all kids while achieving the most efficient flow between the various stations. To define various elements throughout the office space, brightly hued accents of lime green, blue, and red were used.

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Ellen Turnage, Allied ASID
Interiors Joan and Associates
Strasburger Orthopaedics
Category: Healthcare
Photography by Tom Kessler
interiorsbyjoan.com

A modern, energized, yet soothing environment was created to appeal to both the patients’ desire for an upscale, professional healthcare facility and their need for a calming atmosphere that would aid in the overall healing process. Increased and improved lighting schematics, a new lunchroom retreat, and performance materials that hold up to the necessary code requirements of a commercial environment all enhance the workplace for clients and professional staff members alike.

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Pam Stanek, ASID
The Interior Design Firm
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Category: Corporate
Photography by Thomas Grady
idfomaha.com

The interior finishes of this church were updated to a timeless neutral palette to accommodate the different colors displayed during the services and celebrations throughout the year. The acoustics were enhanced for speech intelligibility and musical enjoyment.

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Stacie Muhle, Allied ASID
Artistico Interiors
TEAM Software
Category: Corporate
Photography by Mark Kresl
artisticodesign.net

This office was designed to allow functionality within an innovative space. Advanced technology such as a custom conference table with a pop-up data console, a state-of-the-art projection screen, and electronic Lutron shades are incorporated to enhance staff performance and flexibility. The end result is an atmosphere that promotes creative collaboration in a fun, fresh space for TEAM Software.

All That Glitters

December 18, 2015 by

Interior design is an essential part of any home. Professional interior designers spend hours planning and creating stunning spaces. The NE/IA Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) recently announced the winners in their annual design contest.  Featured here are the best of the best.

Visit asid-neia.org to learn more

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Design Impact Award Winner
Best in Show
Brianne Wilhelm
Allied Member ASID
D3 Interiors
Photography by Amoura Productions

The main open living space features a long wet bar, a dining/game table and a large media space, with an additional seating area at the base of the stairs for reading and/or conversation away from the TV. The wet bar was designed to house the appliances the family required, with floating shelves over the centrally positioned sink. Easy to clean, family-friendly materials were selected for the flooring; a plush carpet for the living space, and a medium grey, textured tile for the kitchen and bathroom.

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Michele Hybner, Allied ASID and Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.
Photography by
Amoura Productions

This custom home was built for an active family of five. Red and orange were identified as two favorite colors of this family, which was fitting as those are both active hues. The palette also includes neutrals to offer a visual break from the intense colors the family wanted to incorporate into their design.

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Brianne Wilhelm
Allied Member ASID
D3 Interiors
Photography by 
Amoura Productions

This condo is located in an historic Art Deco building downtown. Designer and client embarked on a journey to create a home that reflects the client’s personality and functions smoothly as she enjoys hosting friends, neighbors, and family.

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Michele Hybner, Allied ASID and Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.
Photography by
Amoura Productions

Vintage charm and a sunny color palette topped this homeowner’s wish list for their open-concept kitchen, eating, and great room. The illuminated airy kitchen has bright white preimeter cabinets, granite countertops with veining similar to marble, and handmade gray glazed ceramic subway tile backsplash.

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Michele Hybner, Allied ASID and Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.
Photography by
Amoura Productions

With a neutral color palette, the use of texture played a key role in the design solution. Throughout the design process, special attention was paid to the use and integration of unique finish selections, which offered visual interest.

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Shawn Falcone, Allied ASID
Falcone Hybner Design, Inc.
Photography by
Amoura Productions

Form and function must always be considered in design, especially for a busy couple with a growing family who also work from their home. Careful attention was paid to the integration of built-ins and storage, along with beautiful finishes, for a seamless work/life fit.

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Julie Odermatt, ASID
D3 Interiors
Photography by Tom Kessler

The designer, builder, and homeowner carefully considered all aspects and details of the home to create a classic, contemporary design. The client wanted the home to be timeless, not trendy, so the design elements could stay fresh and current for years to come. Specific finishes were selected to accommodate.

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Kris Patton, ASID
Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler

Select materials and thoughtful space planning allows this family to enjoy an area that is sophisticated enough for entertaining, yet functional enough to withstand the wear and tear of everyday family life.

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Nancy Pesavento, ASID
Interiors Joan & Associates
Photography by Tom Kessler

The design of this home evolved from the desire of the clients to downsize to a smaller, more contemporary home. All materials for the project were thoughtfully selected with easy maintenance in mind. The clients’ intent is to age in this home, so elements such as an elevator and an open floor plan will stand the test of time.

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Becki Wiechman, ASID, LEED AP
Interior Design Group
Photography by Amoura Productions

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Lisa McCoid, ASID, Julie Odermatt, ASID and Alexis Trout, Allied ASID
D3 Interiors
Photography by Tom Kessler

Livable Luxury

January 5, 2015 by
Photography by Tom Kessler

As the seasons change, the weather necessitates a wardrobe overhaul. We go from shorts and sandals to sweaters and scarves, adapting to the new normal.  The seasons of our lives also change, taking us from life as a twosome to life with small children, then we live with grown children and finally come full circle to life as a twosome again.

This West Omaha family recognized a change in the seasons of their lives, and instead of requiring their home to continue to work for them like an impractical wardrobe…they made a move.


McNeil Company Builders was entrusted with the task of building this couple’s dream home, a place where they could be comfortably cocooned in understated luxury, where they could easily entertain, and where their grown children could still call home. When the project grew in scale, McNeil Company Builders called upon Kris Patton, ASID, professional interior designer with Interiors Joan and Associates to guide these clients through the building process, assisting with selections, specifications, and furnishings.

“The team of draftsmen and architectural specialists at McNeil and Company is amazingly talented,” says Patton. “Their attention to detail and the way they take their time to ensure that every last element is executed perfectly is impeccable. It makes the process so seamless for those of us in the industry…and so enjoyable for our clients.”

Together, they produced a home with a much more open floor plan than what the client had in their current home. Space was made for a black, lacquered baby grand piano, a wine room fit for the likes of the most sophisticated sommelier, and an indoor sports court…complete with a scoreboard, naturally. Outside, the home boasts a full volleyball court, pool, and incredible outdoor kitchen.

The home has a neutral shell; Patton assembled a mix of stains, finishes, textures and architectural details to comprise a pleasing slate from which to build the textural design elements. A warm color palette of putty, stingray, and tobacco is splashed with unexpected accents of charcoal, turquoise, ruby, cerulean, and citron.


Patton selected natural materials for many of the hard surfaces. Autumn leaf, brushed cosmos, and Alaskan white granites; greenstone countertops, wood circular accent tiles in the wine room floor, a mitered quartz firebox and hearth in the lower level, grasscloth wallcovering, and glass—lots of glass—used to accent everything from backsplashes to light fixtures with a bit of glimmer.

A clever combination of metals and finishes used in the plumbing fixtures and hardware creates an eclectic, acquired look throughout the home. Brushed nickel, stainless steel, accents of fresh gold, some chrome, and polished nickel were all used in this instance, separated only by space. The lighting fixtures in the home represent an exquisite collection of unique art pieces, and like the plumbing and hardware selections, a mix of metals creates a sensational look for the lighting. Glass discs suspended from the dinette fixture, pendants with colored glass and a textured glass center above the lower level bar area, and an alabaster fixture in the wine room are just a few of the notable lighting features.

The furnishings are upholstered in velvety fabrics that beg you to touch them; the cabinetry is finished with a grayed tobacco hue that is rich and inviting. The accessories adorning the home are sculptural and interesting. Every room boasts a custom window treatment, and the draperies feature textural patterned fabrics, nailhead detail, and distinctive hardware.

Such notable details as complimentary stone bullnose accenting each step in the home, wood beams, and gorgeous wallcoverings add to the home’s understated elegance. A perfect example of what can be achieved when a project is completed to the finish line. Every inch in this home was well thought out.

The end result? A home this family can settle in to…livable luxury, casual elegance, sensational without being ostentatious.

Neutral, Natural, Notable

February 19, 2014 by and
Photography by Lisa Louise Photography

This west Omaha home in Five Fountains was featured in the Metro Omaha Builders Association 2007 Street of Dreams.  When the clients decided to move forward in bringing their dreams to reality with the finish of their basement, they selected KRT Construction as contractor along with Designer’s Touch interior designers Marian Holden, ASID, and Erin Svoboda, ASID. The client’s goal was to transform the unfinished basement into an exquisite space for entertaining, fitness, and 
children’s activities.

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A neutral color palette defines the space with rich shades of gray accompanied by cream trim. Dark alder doors punctuate a collection of natural elements, including rustic woods, leather, and stone. Shades of blue accent the palette while rich texture and large-scale patterns make up the furnishings in this space.

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The professional eat-in kitchen features custom cabinetry with Arabesque White granite, metallic glass tile backsplash, brushed nickel cabinet hardware, and stainless appliances contrasting the French bronze lighting fixtures adorned with jewel-like crystals.

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Natural elements of stone and alder wood were integrated into the design to create a focal point in the entertaining space that is rustic yet sophisticated. Luxurious leather seating surrounds the fireplace for both TV viewing and entertaining. A custom metallic crocodile ottoman embellishes the space, along with custom shutters and window treatments.

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A fitness center boasts floor-to-ceiling glass, a mirrored wall, and resilient rubber flooring, all complementing the modern amenities of the space.

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Hang out or study in the children’s area that hosts a glass marker board, custom cabinetry with corkboard, and polished chrome fixtures that play off a refined, purple 
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A guest suite with adjoining bathroom overlooks the beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. The suite features luxurious bedding, custom window treatments, mirrored furnishings, glass accent tile, a charcoal-hued vanity, and crystal fixtures to add that 
finishing touch.

NE/IA Chapter of ASID 
Project Awards 2013

December 9, 2013 by

Environments, spaces, rooms—it doesn’t matter what they’re called, but integral to their existence are interior designers. Professional designers conceptualize, coordinate, and execute their visions to create projects that are stunning, exciting, and functional. The ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Nebraska/Iowa Chapter recently submitted design projects to be judged by the South Florida ASID Chapter. The following pages illustrate a sampling of the award-winning designs for business projects produced by the NE/IA Chapter ASID professional designers this year.


Ballantyne Strong Corporate Offices
AVANT ARCHITECTS
Lori M. Krejci, AIA, Allied ASID

 This open office plan reflects the future direction of the organization, a transition from traditional thinking toward a more modern method of working with increased employee interaction.


Riverfront Place Tower II Lobby
D3 INTERIORS
Lisa B. McCoid, AIA, ASID
Brianne Wilhelm, Allied ASID

Contemporary, bold, and modern, a foundation of neutral gray and taupe features pops of red. Rectilinear forms blend with organic, flowing shapes, and a commissioned wall sculpture, inspired by the changing levels of water, reflects the building’s proximity to the river.


Holiday Inn, Mercy Campus
THE DESIGNERS
Marilyn S Hansen, FASID
Nikki Skomal, Allied ASID

Dramatic colors reflect the city lights of red, green, blue, violet, and saffron. Art was selected for scale, contemporary design, and colors that unified the complete project. A local artist created a night scene of the city’s skyline for the project.

Beebe+Runyan Beauty

November 22, 2013 by
Photography by Tom Kessler

The best in penthouse living requires the skillful acquisition of only those belongings that fit and work well within the limited parameters of one’s unit…or the selection of a designer who can magically make a space as beautiful as it is functional.

Lisa Cooper, Allied Member ASID and professional interior designer with Interiors Joan and Associates, was the point person for this stunning renovation. Starting with a Downtown Omaha space that had a strong architectural shell, majestic scale, and soothing symmetry, she transformed it into an executive-style penthouse that capitalizes on the historic and authentic features of the Beebe+Runyan Building.

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Cooper’s vision for this unique home was to give the architectural elements, furnishings, and artwork the space to breathe, thereby    highlighting the openness of the space and encouraging the appreciation of an overall theme, rather than merely a collection of individual parts and pieces.

Innovative design concepts were thoughtfully integrated into the design, with the intention of creating a luxurious, executive-style space for business entertaining or family gatherings. The goal and end result was a signature look that would translate well into a space that also functioned well for 
everyday life.

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Interiors Joan and Associates and the project’s contractor, Corey Spader of Site Construction Inc., worked meticulously to achieve the homeowner’s vision of creating an open space. Walls are kept to a minimum without losing the functionality of what walls do in defining a certain “roomness,” all while juxtaposing modern amenities against the historic elements of the building itself.

The 3,000 square-foot penthouse features polished concrete floors, original wood beams extending from the floor to the 13-foot ceilings, walnut wood floors, original brick, and custom shutters.

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The professional kitchen area was designed with custom-made walnut cabinets featuring exotic wenge veneer accents as a backdrop to showcase such amenities as an espresso maker, oversized refrigerator, Miele appliances, professional range, and titanium granite countertops that were imported from Italy. The large island and barstool seating area provides a perfect arrangement for entertaining and cocktail events. A custom-made wenge dining table with a travertine stone inset top sits below an overhead light fixture featuring rustic steel and Orleans glass, setting the perfectly elegant perch for diners to enjoy a panoramic view of the Missouri Riverfront far below.

The modern, linear fireplace serves as a focal point for the space. Crafted of polished concrete cladding and surround with quartzite tiles laid individually by hand, the fireplace cleverly disguises a mechanical shaft while providing an ambient glow for both the dining and seating area.

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The office area was resourcefully designed to do double duty as a guest room. Architectural Lighting Resources coordinated the penthouse’s lighting schematics, and the under-lit walnut flooring in the den is one example of their impeccable expertise. The space also features a pullout custom-made Murphy bed and built-in cabinetry, allowing additional room for storage of both clothes and office supplies. An adjacent bathroom boasts a hand-poured concrete ramped sink and floor-to-ceiling glass tile.

The great room area and its media components serve as a perfect gathering space for relaxing or business presentations. Ever mindful of the desire to balance convenience and functionality, located close by is a wet bar serving area featuring a nickel-hammered sink and cantilevered solid surface.

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The master bedroom features a masculine, rift red oak bed, handcrafted by local artisans, and a bird’s-eye view of CenturyLink Center and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Walnut sliding doors allow the space to be open as needed and private only when required.

A spa tub, honed basalt sinks, shellstone countertops, and floor-to-ceiling tile with ample linen storage make the master bathroom a serene retreat. In developing the master bath design, transoms were used to pierce the space with natural light. It also features a large walk-in closet with custom-made shelving and racks with a conveniently located, stackable washer and dryer.

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Finishing touches and thoughtful details give the penthouse’s industrial, masculine edge a touch of refinement. Highly polished barstools are upholstered in warm graphite. A camel-wrapped sectional with shearling black sheep pillows and a one-of-a-kind cocktail table from Mexico are just a few of the notable pieces in the project’s design.

The finished product is an upscale condo unit that is truly beautiful yet eminently livable. Once a raw empty space, this penthouse has become a spectacular living area with intricate detailing in design, deluxe furnishings, and intelligent functional 
concepts.

Transformations is a regular feature of  Omaha Home that spotlights a recent project by a local ASID interior designer. The copy and photos are provided by the designer. Homeowners’ names may be withheld for privacy.